Republican-backed congressional candidate and right-wing commentator Marjorie Taylor Greene is both a QAnon supporter and a 9/11 conspiracy theorist.
In previously unreported remarks, Greene discussed the September 11 attacks and said that there was “the so-called plane that crashed into the Pentagon. It's odd there's never any evidence shown for a plane in the Pentagon.” She also falsely said that former President Barack Obama “is a Muslim” and accused him of having “opened up our borders to an invasion by Muslims.” Both of those claims, along with the QAnon conspiracy theory, have been frequently promoted over the years by right-wing media figures and through social media, message boards, and elsewhere.
Greene is a small business owner and right-wing pundit. She won her Republican primary runoff this week in a heavily Republican congressional district in Georgia, meaning that she is likely to become the first open and avowed supporter of the QAnon conspiracy theory in Congress. President Donald Trump has enthusiastically endorsed her, while House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) office said that Republicans “look forward” to her victory in November.
There have been at least 75 current or former congressional candidates who have expressed support for QAnon this election cycle, according to a Media Matters tally. Greene is one of 20 candidates who are on the ballot in November.
Politico previously reviewed Facebook videos that Greene made before she ran for Congress and found that she “suggested that Muslims do not belong in government; thinks black people ‘are held slaves to the Democratic Party’; called George Soros, a Jewish Democratic megadonor, a Nazi; and said she would feel ‘proud’ to see a Confederate monument if she were black because it symbolizes progress made since the Civil War.” Still, as the publication later reported, “the party has done little to block" her "from winning a seat in the House.”
Media Matters found another video featuring Greene in which she pushed conspiracy theories. (The video was uploaded in 2018 by the American Priority Conference, where she was scheduled to speak later.)
During the video, Greene discussed the 9/11 attacks and stated, “We had witnessed 9/11, the terrorist attack in New York and the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania and the so-called plane that crashed into the Pentagon. It's odd there's never any evidence shown for a plane in the Pentagon. But anyways, I won't -- I'm not going to dive into the 9/11 conspiracy. But 9/11 had happened. Our country was very much into a war. We had invaded Iraq looking for weapons of mass destruction that we never found at that time. We were basically destabilizing the Middle East.”
Greene also falsely claimed that former President Barack Obama and former senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett are Muslims, stating: “Yes. I do believe he is a Muslim. And yes, Valerie Jarrett is, too.”
She used those purported facts to launch a bigoted attack that “Obama opened up our borders to an invasion by Muslims.”
MARJORIE TAYLOR GREENE: Obama opened up our borders to an invasion by Muslims. They did the same stupid thing in Europe, but they're all on board together. You see, it was like all part of a plan. OK. So that's been a big problem. So after -- with lottery immigration, what else came? Chain migration.
OK, so not only can you get your name pulled out of a hat and you get to come into America, guess what? There's something called chain migration where you can fill out some forms and all your family members get to come too. I mean, if that's not winning the lottery, I don't know what is. Can you imagine that? Is that not the craziest thing you've ever heard of?
So we had Obama opens our borders. We have all these Muslim refugees come to our country. Radical -- you know what's amazing to me, people? How did this happen after 9/11? After 9/11, where we have 19 Muslims take over planes and fly them into buildings, that's what we Americans saw happen. How is it possible that flat fast -- you know, fast forward 12, 15 years later, we are having a Muslim refugee invasion into our country? We have lottery immigration and then we have chain migration. How is that possible? It blows my mind. But that's what we got with Obama.
Update (8/13/20): Following the publication of this article, Greene tweeted that she is supposedly “being attacked for my opposition to open borders and globalist neocon nation building wars” and said: “Some people claimed a missile hit the Pentagon. I now know that is not correct. The problem is our government lies to us so much to protect the Deep State, it's hard sometimes to know what is real and what is not.”